Spanish Omelette Tortilla de patatas
Along with paella, the ubiquitous Spanish omelette - tortilla de patatas - is perhaps one of the best-known Spanish dishes. It is impossible to find a self-respecting tapas bar that does not feature tortilla in its repertoire.
As delicious as it is versatile, this Spanish staple lends itself to countless variations according to personal taste. Some cooks mix in mushrooms, beans, spinach, and tomatoes, while others choose to omit the onion and instead cover the tortilla in tomato sauce. Others still would never dream of serving the tortilla without heaping mounds of mayonnaise. Each region, and each tapas bar, will have its own variation of the traditional tortilla. This delicious tapa can be served warm or cold.
- Serves: 4
- Difficulty: Very easy
- Preparation time: 35 minutes
- 1/2 pint of olive oil
- 5 medium (40 oz each) baking potatoes, peeled, sliced and lightly sprinkled with salt
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 eggs
Heat the olive oil in a 9-inch skillet and add the potato slices carefully, because the salt will make the oil splatter. Try to keep the potato slices separated so they will not stick together. Cook, turning occasionally, over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the potatoes are tender. Drain into a colander, leaving about 3 tablespoons of oil in the skillet.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt. Add the potatoes, and stir to coat with the egg. Add the egg-coated potatoes to the very hot oil in the skillet, spreading them evenly to completely cover the base of the skillet. Lower the heat to medium and continue to cook, shaking the pan frequently, until mixture is half set.
Use a plate to cover the skillet and invert the omelette away from the hand holding the plate (so as not to burn your hand with any escaping oil). Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and slide the omelette back into the skillet on its uncooked side. Cook until completely set. Allow the omelette to cool, and then cut it into wedges. Season it with salt and sprinkle with lemon juice to taste (optional).
Serve warm or at room temperature.
When our family invites friends over, it is fun to offer some nice bottles of Spanish wine to share and sample! Over the years, certain bodegas and varietals have become our go-to, everyday favorites. We put them together in this collection, a tour of Spain's classic wines to share with your family and friends!
Just as each of your guests is unique, we wanted this wine sampler to represent some of Spain's finest styles. And with six new wines to discover, you are sure to find a vintage to please every palate.
The following wines are included in this wine sampler:
- Pazo de Valei (Galicia - Albariño): Cool, misty Atlantic air rolls across the Galician countryside, making for one of the best white wine regions in all of Spain: Rias Baixas. Silky pale yellow with hues of green and gold, you’ll taste echoes of pear, peach and apple with every sip of this crisp Albariño. With a heaping bounty of seafood, this wine is a natural partner but it pairs equally well with an array of delicious tapas.
- Lar de Paula (Rioja): This white Rioja spends one hundred days in French and American Oak. Meticulously made by a family-owned winery in the heart of Rioja Alavesa, Lar de Paula presents unexpected white wine nuances and pairs beautifully with rich, hearty foods. Clean and bright with a pale yellow color, the taste is floral and elegant, with a smooth, peachy finish. Olive oil drizzled Bonito del Norte tuna or sizzling gambas al ajillo would make charming soul mates.
- Maragda Rosa (Emporda): As night casts its shadow over the Costa Brava, the winemakers at Mas Llunes harvest their grapes, reveling in the cool night temperatures. Weeks later when this rose wine is ready for bottling by the light of day, it is a brilliant strawberry red. Deliciously fruity with aromas of red currant, the fresh Maragda Rosa will sweep you off your feet. Pair with tapas like grilled pulpo sprinkled with smoky pimentón, paella or langostinos.
- "G" (Somontano): Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the town of Lagüarres, you’ll find the Secastille vineyards. The 100% old Garnacha vines are exposed to temperature extremes resulting in a thoughtful, earthy red. This fresh wine is an ideal mate to a tasty array of tapas from Spain. Enjoy with a slice of Galician bread drizzled with olive oil and slivers of jamón.
- Buro de Peñalosa (Ribera de Duero): Mingle the heady flavors of plums and blackberries with a nuance of espresso and you’ve met Buro de Peñalosa. This lovely Tempranillo is aged in oak and hails from the acclaimed wine region of Ribera del Duero. Partner with a chocolate covered fig and you have a match made in heaven. The spicy finish also works beautifully with cured meats and aged cheeses. Salud!
- Escudo de Plata Gran Reserva (Jumilla): The Monastrell vines rub shoulders with olive groves and almond trees in the arid climate of Jumilla, Spain where Bodegas Fernandez has been crafting fine wines since 1920. With a penetrating ruby hue, and wild cherry aromas, this Gran Reserva wine shares hints of vanilla and cedar on the palate, reminiscent of its two years in oak. This beautifully balanced wine makes a happy companion to a lusty steak, a cured Manchego and lush chocolate Rabitos from Spain.